In The News!

Some very interesting health stories to report in the last few days:

ORANGE JUICE MAY BE BETTER FOR YOU THAN AN ORANGE!

Juice  has had a bit of bad press recently due to its sugar content.  But new research shows that drinking the juice of an orange could be healthier than eating the orange itself.  The research published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry showed that while juicing an orange cut fibre and vitamin C levels slightly, other nutrient levels were actually boosted by up to 96% - the juicing process was helpful in making certain nutrients more accessible to our bodies.  150ml of orange juice currently counts as one of your 5-a-day, as does one orange.   So carry on juicing!

COOKED TOMATOES ARE BETTER FOR YOU THAN RAW!

Tomatoes contain a substance called lycopene, a powerful antioxidant which helps protect against heart disease, strokes, some cancers, as well as protecting us from the signs of ageing.  Heating tomatoes releases additional lycopene; just cooking for them for 15 minutes increases lycopene by 171%.  Even if you cool cooked or roasted tomatoes to use in sauces and salads. the lycopene levels remain at the higher levels.  One large tomato or a tablespoon of tomato puree counts as one of your 5-a-day.

STATINS LESS EFFECTIVE THAN LIFESTYLE CHANGES!

Heart disease is still Britain's biggest killer and many of us rely on statins.  But more lives are saved by simple lifestyle changes, such as exercise and diet, than by taking statins (University of Liverpool).  Over half the lives saved were due to reductions in blood pressure and cholesterol.  Eating more fruit and vegetables as part of a balanced diet has been shown to cut blood pressure and cholesterol, and to reduce the risk the heart attacks and strokes.  So keep eating your 5-a-day!